3-D, X-ray Holograms Possible, With New Laser Technology

June 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)— A team of researchers may have discovered the key to developing 3-D, holographic x-ray images that offer doctors a real-time look into a patient’s body. Instead of the standard still-photo x-rays, doctors may one day be able to view a patent’s beating heart, increasing the diagnostic tools at a doctor’s disposable.

Head researcher Professor Anthony Starace from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, conducted the research using high-powered electrons in a process called high-harmonic generation, or HHG. The technology to produce x-ray images using HHG has existed for years, but scientists were unable to produce clear images.

The current HHG technology involves shining an optical laser on low electrons, such as hydrogen, helium or neon, but the process emits a very weak light source.

Professor Starace and his team solved the weak light problem, by bouncing the optical laser off heavier atoms, such as gases like xenon, argon and krypton. The results were successful in producing a high-powered x-ray image.

Starace varied the wavelength of the lasers, using wavelengths within certain atom-specific ranges that created oscillations of the heavier atoms. This new technology could form the basis for more powerful and precise X-ray images.

Nanoscientists can also use the technology to produce 3-D images of microscopic structures.

The study is published in the latest edition of Physical Review Letters.

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